I have been invited by npower(@npowerHQ) to write about my own parenting super powers in view of their new #familysuperpowers campaign that’s being promoted at the moment.
As a recently “knighted” single mum, my super powers have to cover a huge variety of needs: from being Emma’s protector and provider to being her playmate, role model and educator. From being her nurse when she is ill to being her encourager when she feels down.
But the thing is my super powers find their strength in the very person I am meant to “prove” myself to. Emma motivates me every single day to be the best mummy and super woman I can be.
We have learned a lot about each other in the past three months. We have become thicker than thieves, as they say, and we have continuously drawn strength from each other’s beauty of soul and resilience.
We have had some terrible lows but the highs are the things we cherish and will always remember.
We have grown together, in our grief journey, on our life journey.
If you are looking for a practical example, it will have to be the fact that we have gone abseiling together while on a retreat with Cancer Fund for Children last summer.
I am not good with heights but I didn’t want Emma to learn to fear the same thing.
So, when presented with the occasion, I did put my superwoman cape on and under the admiring gaze of my little girl, I climbed and then, with eyes closed, launched myself down, trusting only a flimsy rope.
Did I enjoy it? Nope, not at all. My knees and hands hurt afterwards and my legs were like jelly. But I did it because I want Emma to grow knowing that fear is there to be defeated, not there to defeat us.
I watched my beautiful girl follow my example and there and then, I knew that I am raising a super girl! I knew the strength it takes to climb that wall and more importantly, defeat those fears, and I saw it in her and couldn’t have been prouder!
npower is inviting every super parent in the land to share a video or image of her or his parenting super powers with at familysuperpowers.com for a chance to win one of three UK theme park resort breaks.
Watch Peter and Emily Andre’s super power video for ideas for your own clip:
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